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    US President Donald Trumps supporters gather outside the Capitol building in Washington D.C., United States on January 06, 2021.Tayfun Coskun | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images Former White House chief of staff Andrew Card on Wednesday called President Donald Trump a "mob leader" after the president's supporters violently overtook the U.S. Capitol, causing Congress to halt its session and the building to be evacuated. "I have to admit, I've been crying today because of what is happening. This is an attack on our democracy," Card, who served under Republican former President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2006, said in a CNBC interview. "This is so sad and it's motivated by a mob leader called the president of the United States, which is even more outrageous," added Card, in an interview with CNBC's Shepard Smith. "[Trump] helped to inspire people to do things that they knew they shouldn't be doing, and...
    CNN anchor Jake Tapper reacted to the unfolding chaos at the U.S. Capitol, Wednesday when protesters breached the barricades and stormed the Capitol Building. Tapper said that President Donald Trump, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) are unleashing “sedition.” Tapper said, “The definition of sedition is to try to overturn the rule of law through force, and that is what we are witnessing. Trump supporters, who have been lied to by Trump and his minions, individuals like Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley, lied to by MAGA media, have been incensed and outraged and they are now resorting to physically trying to storm the Capitol to stop the constitutional process of electors being counted for the person who won the election, Joe Biden, the president-elect. That is what’s going on. That is what we are witnessing. And there are a lot of people who are complicit in this. It...
    Samuel Corum/Getty Images Hollywood is reacting with disgust and horror as President Donald Trump’s supporters storm the United States Capitol on Wednesday. The chaos in Washington D.C., which included violent clashes with police in the streets, has made its way to the chamber of the United States House of Representatives. Members of Congress were evacuated mere minutes before the chamber was breached. The story remains fluid as of Wednesday afternoon, with reports of bleeding victims, gunshots fired, and elected officials hiding in bunkers. Hollywood took to Twitter to express their shock at the events unfolding. Unimaginable. Disgraceful. Shocking. But no surprise. So many to hold responsible. You know who you are. You dismissed the violent, divisive, cruel rhetoric. You made excuses. Cowards He/you are not leaders. We will try to re-build. You will try to live with yourselves — Sarah Jessica Parker (@SJP) January 6, 2021 We always knew...
    Interview In his book The Great History of the New Worlds, Journalist Franசois Reinert tries to tell the story of Polynesia and the United States from local historical sources rather than from European immigrants. Guest from Wednesday Media culture, He explains what historians have been able to discover in this way, and he has compiled it in his new book. The first part of his book is devoted to the United States, where there is a strong distinction between North America and Latin America. Franசois Reinert describes the civilizations that followed each other, especially around what became of Mexico. Civilizations with common cultural characteristics such as step pyramid, human sacrifices, cocoa cultivation or basic 20 calculus. In a game like football, the losing team is sometimes sacrificed Even more surprisingly, these civilizations played the most ritualized ball game, a kind of football long before its time. “This...
    Published: 06/01/2021 – 18:16 Leading U.S. intelligence agencies on Tuesday assessed Russia as “most likely” at the start of a cyber-response operation discovered in mid-December as Donald Trump attacked it. They also confirmed the severity of the attack. At least ten U.S. government agencies have been affected, about 18,000 federal structures and private companies have been affected, and ultimately the officially named culprit: “mostly” Russia. Major US Intelligence Services – FBI, NSA, CISA (Cyber ​​Security and Infrastructure Security Agency) and Office of the Director of National Intelligence (OTNI) Tuesday, January 5 Published their findings. The widespread cyber espionage operation in the United States was discovered in mid-December and is “still in operation”, According to the joint press release. The accused finger pointing in the direction of Moscow represents a nod to President Donald Trump. Shortly after the theft was discovered on December 17, he had a dispute over...
    Every ballot initiative involving the decriminalization or legalization of marijuana passed in the 2020 election. Voters in New Jersey and Arizona chose to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use. Mississippi voted to legalize medical marijuana use, and South Dakota legalized the drug for both recreational and medical use. Now, 15 states — along with the District of Columbia — have legalized marijuana for adult recreational use. Thirty-six states permit medical use of the drug. About a month after the election, the Democratic-controlled House passed the ''Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act,'' or the MORE Act. This bill would legalize marijuana at the federal level and implement sweeping regulations and reforms surrounding the drug. The 2020 election and the House vote reveal something important about the shift in the marijuana debate: Marijuana may be one of the truly bipartisan issues in the United States right now. Watch the video above to...
    About 500 refugees were evacuated overnight after a gas leak in Mousekran. Eda With 500 refugees expelled, the United States has its breath away, Antwerp’s new coach, toward vaccination acceleration: part of the news was created on Tuesday. 1Photos | The smell of gas in the mouse: 500 refugees were evacuated overnight The refugees were warned at 4 p.m. “The psychosocial intervention program was triggered,” said Brigitte Abert, who arrived at the scene at night. + Read 2Belgium wants to speed up vaccination After a “cautious start”, Health Minister Frank Vandenbrook announces that the vaccination campaign will be accelerated next week. + Read 3Vercatron to take Antwerp to heights Following the standard, the Brussels player began a five-month contract with the Great Old Company. He will not take the group right now. + Read 4Brussels attacks: 10 accused are being deported The Brussels Council Room has decided to...
    (CNN)The information that is emerging about Russia's extensive cyberintelligence operation against the United States and other countries should be increasingly alarming to the public. The magnitude of the hacking, now believed to have affected more than 250 federal agencies and businesses -- primarily through a malicious update of the SolarWinds network management software -- may have slipped under most people's radar during the holiday season, but its implications are stunning. Bruce SchneierAccording to a Washington Post report, this is a massive intelligence coup by Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR). And a massive security failure on the part of the United States is also to blame. Our insecure internet infrastructure has become a critical national security risk -- one that we need to take seriously and spend money to reduce.President-elect Joe Biden's initial response spoke of retaliation, but there really isn't much the United States can do beyond what it already...
    Half of the blue-collar migrants who openly crossed the southern border between 2014 and 2019 remain in the United States, according to March 2020 data posted by the Department of Homeland Security. Agents registered 3.5 million arrivals and sent 1.8 million back home via deportations and repatriations by March 2020, said the December 31 report. The report did not include data about the additional migrants who successfully sneaked through the border. But 280,000 of the 3.5 million were provided “relief,” so allowing them to stay in the United States and eventually get green cards. That means one in 12 blue-collar migrants get the colossal prize of U.S. residency and citizenship for themselves and all of their descendants — in exchange for surviving the U.S. government’s semi-formal obstacle course of cartels and coyotes, distance and bribes, judges and lawyers, deserts, walls, and border agents. Moreover, another 1.4 million blue-collar migrants are...
    Georgia state election official Gabriel Sterling tore into President Donald Trump's election fraud claims a day after the explosive leak of Trump demanding his boss 'find' 11,780 votes to make Trump the winner.  Sterling called a press conference Georgia on the eve of critical statewide elections there – telling the media there was 'not a whit' of truth to claims that ballot machines 'flipped' votes from Trump to President-elect Joe Biden. Sterling issued a furious point-by-point take down of claims and conspiracy theories put forward by Trump and his allies – blasting 'misinformation' and 'disinformation.' Gabriel Sterling, Voting System Implementation Manager with the Georgia Secretary of State's office, blasted 'fantastical' claims by President Trump and his allies With rapid-fire speech, Sterling spelled out the redundant cross-checks and safeguards in the state's election systems – and ridiculed several of Trump's claims. 'There is no shredding of ballots going on. That’s...
    Report – Pro-Iranian Shiite groups want revenge for the deaths of Cholaimani and Mohandas, who were killed by a US strike a year ago. In Baghdad and Basra A paper lamp dimly illuminates a large banner in front of an ordinary building in al-Mashraq, a poor suburb of Basra. Above, the faces of men in military exhaustion stand proudly. With the exception of Jawad Ruheef Bule al-Taraji, they all belong to the past. Gaddafi, known for his close ties to Syria, Iraq and its allies, sits in the living room of his commander, surrounded by his sons, members of the Al-Mundassar Brigade, a subcommittee of al-Shouda militants. ‘Iran. In the room decorated with his photos, heavy weapons in hand, the man shouts: “I hate America, I want to blow myself up in their land!” In the battle against Dash, Jawad, 59, with a white beard, however, left one leg and...
    A British judge ruled on Monday that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange cannot be extradited to the United States to face charges of espionage, as it would increase the risk of Assange commiting suicide in prison. United States prosecutors indicted the Australian born WikiLeaks founder on 17 charges under the Espionage Act as well as one count of computer misuse, meaning that were he to be extradited to America, Mr Assange would have faced up to 175 years in prison. The court heard that were he to be convicted of the charges, Assange could face a sentence in the Supermax ADX prison facility in Colorado — where convicted terrorist Abu Hamza is currently incarcerated — and would be subject to solitary confinement. Psychiatrists for the legal defence team argued that this would increase the suicide risk for Mr Assange, who they claim has been suffering from severe depression. Announcing the decision...
    A judge in the United Kingdom has denied Julian Assange’s extradition to the United States, where he faces espionage charges for his work running WikiLeaks. The Guardian reports that the ruling was delivered in a criminal court this morning, with the Wall Street Journal reporting that the judge noted that the risk of suicide is too high. Assange will now remain in British custody pending a bail application, and the US government is free to proceed with an appeal against the decision. This particular ruling is only related to the US request for extradition under an extradition treaty between the UK and US. The full ruling is available here. Initially detained by the UK for violating his bail conditions, Assange faces hacking and espionage charges in the US related to a string of Wikileaks publications that the US Justice Department called “one of the largest compromises of classified information in...
    One year after the ouster of General Sholaymani, ordered by Donald Trump, Tehran has its firefighters in Iraq and Syria. One year after it was dissolved on Donald Trump’s orders, Iran continues to maintain it. “Glorious tradition“of”Sacrificer “ Qassim Cholaimani, the commander of the all-powerful al-Qaeda forces, was shot dead by a drone on January 3, 2020, near Baghdad airport. One that allowed the Islamic Republic to expand its influence in the Middle East beyond its borders. For nearly a week in response to a request from Iraqi Kurdish leader Masood Barzani, state television has been showing him in his offices, while Dash jihadists marched on Erbil in the summer of 2014. Or how his ally, Palestinian Islamist Mahmoud Sahar, described how Solimani handed over $ 22 million in eight suitcases to members of a Hamas delegation that arrived in Tehran in 2006. The Islamic State, which did not retaliate,...
    Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) reacted Sunday on MSNBC’s “Weekends” to new audio from a one-hour phone call Saturday in which President Donald Trump asked Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) to “find 11,780 votes.” Witt said, “What is your reaction to that audio? Does it raise legal questions?” Kaine said, “It does. It is shocking but not surprising from this man. This quote, ‘I just want to find 11,780 votes, ‘ tells you everything you need to know about him. He is a spoiled rich kid. He is making it all about him. He is talking about our democracy like it is a real estate deal. Give me $11,000 more for this piece of property.” In audio, Trump said, “The people of Georgia are angry. The people of the country are angry. And there is wrong with saying that you recalculated. All I want to do is this: I just want...
    Carl Bernstein held up President Donald Trump’s call with phone call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger as evidence of criminal actions to undo his election loss. CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield spoke to Bernstein on Sunday in the midst of wall-to-wall coverage on Trump’s phone call where he pressured Raffensperger to help him overturn the state’s results from the 2020 election. When asked if this reminded him of breaking the Watergate scandal, Bernstein said “this was something far worse than Watergate.” We have both a criminal president of the United States and a subversive president of the United States at the same time in this one person subverting the very basis of our democracy, and willing to act criminally in that subversion. Bernstein called the audio “the ultimate smoking gun tape” and proof of Trump’s attempts “to undermine the electoral system and illegally, improperly and immorally try to instigate...
    On Sunday, Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) criticized her Republican colleagues, who are planning to object to the Electoral College results. On MSNBC’s “Velshi,” Stabenow said, “Of all the damage that’s been done in four years, and there’s been a lot of it, this is the worst.” She continued, “We’re at a point now where basically we’ve got 12 United States Senators, Republicans, saying it doesn’t matter how people voted, it just doesn’t matter, we’ve decided we want Donald Trump — or at minimum, we’re too weak to stand up to him, which I think is part of what this is all about. It’s like the bully is going to bully them one more time. And so, for instance, in Michigan, where Joe Biden and Kamala Harris won by over 154,000 votes this time, where they brought eight different lawsuits, none of them, none of them had any standing whatsoever and...
    Senator and 2016 vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine said on Sunday that, based on President Donald Trump’s conspiratorial efforts to overturn the election and his stunning call to pressure Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, it’s clear he’s trying to “overthrow the government of the United States.” Kaine told Alex Witt the call was “shocking, but not surprising,” picking up on the “I just want to find 11,780 votes” (one more than Joe Biden’s margin of victory) line as particularly striking and calling the president a “spoiled rich kid.” “He’s talking about our democracy like it is a real estate deal. ‘Give me $11,000 more for this piece of property.’ This is not a negotiation,” Kaine said, before saying his Republican colleagues in the Senate preparing to objet to the election results should “look in the mirror and ask how they want to be remembered for the rest of their...
    Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) Sunday on MSNBC’s “Velshi” accused President Donald Trump supporters of being people who were afraid of “diverse cultures.” Anchor Ali Velshi said, “The United States Congress is swearing in a number of firsts today, including several other Asian American women into the United States Congress. We are starting to get a Congress that is more representative of the face of America.” Hirono said, “Yes. I’m glad for that. And you know what, diversity to be our country’s strength, not our weakness. People who are afraid of the diverse cultures and the different perspectives that we bring are the ones who are, sadly, supporting Trump to the max. I think it is a sad commentary.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
    Trump with HHS Secretary Alex Azar. Joe Biden is coming into office with a recession that tops that of 2009, a pandemic that’s the worst in a century, and a nation where a significant number of people believe that Donald Trump was chosen by God to fight a war against Chinese troops being smuggled into Maine. If George W. Bush drove the nation into a ditch, Donald Trump has tossed America down a well. And he’s still throwing crap on top. With so many tasks ahead, restoring trust in federal agencies after Trump has devoted four years to taking them apart, dismissing actual experts, and shoving sycophants into every possible nook and cranny may seem like quite an ask. It’s also completely vital. That may nowhere be as true as all the various components of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Trump’s attacks on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for...
    ^ Keep Westword Free Support Us I Support Local Community Journalism Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free. Support Us Governor Jared Polis just confirmed another first for Colorado: The first case in the country of the virus variant known as B117, with a second, possible case. At a press conference on December 30, Polis credited this discovery to "world-class work" by the state lab, headed by Dr. Emily Travanty, who was on hand to discuss the genetic variation key to identifying the variant. "This is unlikely to be the first person with the variant in the United States," Polis said, noting that the first positive case is a Colorado National Guard member who had not been out of the country and was working in Elbert Colorado, in rural Colorado. "But I'm proud that we detected it here as quickly...
    ^ Keep Westword Free Support Us I Support Local Community Journalism Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free. Support Us In a tweet that landed just in time for Christmas, Colorado’s gun-totin’ 3rd Congressional District Representative-elect Lauren Boebert said that she plans to challenge the electoral college vote for Joe Biden’s inevitable and absolutely legitimate presidency. This confirmation process is usually a rubber stamp by Congress, even if Boebert’s release explaining her position says that similar objections have been raised by members of Congress three times since 2001. The fact that these objections are barely recalled by anyone other than historians with a generous sense of footnote usage indicates that such moves haven't been super-effective. “Several states removed voter safeguards during the 2020 elections that violated provisions in their respective state constitutions and the United States Constitution,” Boebert claimed,...
    Canada’s immigration minister is trying to accept U.S.-based illegal migrants who are going to be sent back to their home countries, according to the Washington Post. The minister is now offering Canadian residency to several migrants in U.S. detention centers who face deportation, according to a pro-migration report in the newspaper. “If that’s what they want to do, more power to them,” said Mark Krikorian, the director of the Center for Immigration Studies. He added: It saves us money because we don’t have to deport the people [from the United States]. Maybe it will create an incentive for these illegal immigrants to leave on their own. If there’s a place for them to go rather than return to their home country, then more of them might actually leave. The Post reports: Now at least one has been [sent home]. At least eight others, including [Burundi citizen Apollinaire] Nduwimana, are being...
    Mark McLaughlin via Getty ImagesJoe Biden Delays and change in vaccine delivery “barriers” to the Pentagon for the group. President-elect Joe Biden pulls his nails out of Donald Trump against two particularly important issues for Americans: the organization of the anti-Govt vaccination campaign and the defense of national security. On the first front, Biden warned the Trump administration of delays in the distribution of vaccines, announcing his plan to vaccinate as many people as possible. It is estimated that 20 million Americans will be vaccinated by the end of this year. In his speech, Biden later underlined that the situation of epidemics and deaths in the United States is expected to worsen “tragically” in the coming weeks. Anthony Fossie also underscores the gravity of the situation. “In many cases, we face the peak of outrageous cases,” he said. Said the virologist In an interview with CNN about the...
    Lionel Messi stateside? It may not be as far-fetched as it seems after the Barca star said he "dreams" of experiencing life in the United States. AP Photo/Joan Monfort Lionel Messi could wind up playing in the United States. The six-time Ballon d'Or winner told Spanish TV station La Sexta that he "would like to play in the United States someday" and that "it's always been one of my dreams." Though MLS is unlikely to land Messi immediately following his FC Barcelona expiration in 2021, the 33-year-old could join the likes of NYCFC or Inter Miami later in his career. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Lionel Messi stateside? It may not be as far-fetched as it seems. Lionel Messi. REUTERS/Albert Gea TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY In a wide-ranging interview with Spanish TV station La Sexta, the six-time Ballon d'Or winner hinted that he...
    According to Coltech, this process involves two black holes orbiting each other. As they orbit each other, each blackout emits gravitational waves, and as they get closer to each other, stronger waves. If gravitational waves propagate somehow asymmetrically, the velocity also develops in a certain direction. If these waves travel at high speeds in one direction, the object must move in the other direction. In this case, the object in question is the (binary or combined) black hole, which is not found in the center of the galaxy. The scientist says complex calculations are needed to determine how fast the recession is. But the best estimates will raise the maximum value to over 5,000 kilometers per hour (1.7 percent of the speed of light). “This is enough to get the black hole out of the galaxy and lose it,” Goldteck said. “So the black hole begins to travel through intergalactic...
    Former Food and Drug Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said on Sunday that a new strain of COVID-19 believed to have originated in the U.K. is “probably here in the U.S.” “Face the Nation” host Margaret Brennan asked Gottlieb if he thought the measures that the federal government has taken to fight the new strain by requiring negative COVID-19 tests from all air passengers arriving from the U.K., would have an impact. “Well, I think it's probably here in the United States, and it could be here in a reasonable number at this point,” Gottlieb responded. Gottlieb said the U.S. needs a better way to sequence and track the strains of the coronavirus that are currently circulating. “We don't sequence a lot of samples in this country. And a lot of that sequencing that does get done, gets done in private labs, and doesn't get aggregated into public databases. That needs to be fixed,"...
    Point Aquino Has great potential to join staff United States, One of the most important clubs in Mexico, after the 2021 La Liga MX Glasura competition. However, negotiations between the national midfielder’s rights owner, Quilas, and Lyon are still ongoing for serious economic reasons. This Saturday, the Mexican edition of the international channel ESPN provided details of the conversation between the leaders of Copa and the “Fierra” group. The two sides hope to reach a consensus and, finally, confirm the transfer of the footballer from the Peruvian team. “The American leaders and the leaders of the Lyon Club have not reached an agreement on Aquino’s pass in Puntarenas. “There is already an agreement between the footballer and the United States, but the board of directors of ‘Fierra’ hopes to get the financial amount from the 25-year-old again. . The Peruvian, who left Sporting Crystal, is set to make his fourth...
    Loading the player... Hulu is in the final talks to acquire domestic distribution rights to The United States vs. Billie Holiday. Directed by Lee Daniels and starring singer Andra Day as Billie Holiday, the film was initially set for release at Paramount Pictures. Paramount won the domestic rights to the movie in auction at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, per Variety. The film was slated to debut on Feb. 26, but with most theaters closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was challenging to distribute the movie in a typical manner. It is not clear if a Paramount theatrical release will be part of the new deal with Hulu. Read More: Paramount wins bid for Lee Daniels directed Billie Holiday film According to Variety, details of the Hulu deal have not yet been finalized. Still, they’re expecting that the film will qualify for awards season. Hulu has been a significant Academy Awards contender...
    China will overtake the United States to become the world's biggest economy in 2028, five years earlier than previously estimated due to the contrasting recoveries of the two countries from the COVID-19 pandemic, a think tank said. 'For some time, an overarching theme of global economics has been the economic and soft power struggle between the United States and China,' the Centre for Economics and Business Research said in an annual report published on Saturday. It added that the Covid-19 pandemic and the corresponding economic fallout had tipped the rivalry with the US 'in China's favour'.     The CEBR said China's 'skilful management of the pandemic', with its strict early lockdown, and hits to long-term growth in the West meant China's relative economic performance had improved. China will overtake the United States to become the world's biggest economy in 2028, five years earlier than previously estimated due to the...
    Everything is on the right track. What is strong rumors for a few days is that it can only be confirmed in the next few hours. Point Aquino Will become a new player United States For the next Liga MX match, this Thursday he will pass the medical exam with “Á Qilas” and then sign his new contract. According to ESPN, the 25-year-old midfielder arrived in Mexico City on Wednesday night to finalize some of the margins of his contract with the blue and cream team, and will be officially charged today subject to rigorous medical tests reinforcement for guard1anes 2021. This is too much. According to the aforementioned media, “La Roca” is already trying to live in the Mexican capital. Details of the process Aquino was asked to leave Lyon after winning the Kart 1Ans 2020 Championship, and the club opened the door for him on the condition...
    (CNN)With Christmas approaching, Pastor Luke Fillmore of the United Methodist Church in Hamburg, Iowa — a small town in the state's southwest corner that was already reeling from disastrous floods, even before the coronavirus pandemic and the contentious 2020 election — told me he's been thinking a lot about how to facilitate the desire among his congregants and within his community to move forward in the new year. "How do you talk with someone about abortion, about gun legislation? Heck, it got to the level where we couldn't even talk about masks," Fillmore said in early December, the time of Advent — traditionally a period in Christian denominations associated with waiting and preparation. "The pandemic will pass, the contentious election atmosphere will pass," said Pastor Luke Fillmore, pictured here at the United Methodist Church in Hamburg, Iowa, in January.I met Fillmore a year and a half ago, when I began...
    An American living in Australia has revealed some of the slang terms that confused him after arriving in the country - from the phrase 'reckon' to getting paid 'fortnightly'.  Eddy Overgold, who hosts the Waving the Red Flag podcast, explained some of the iconic Aussie phrases he found most baffling in a video shared on TikTok on Wednesday night.  'They say 'reckon' a lot ... which is like: 'Are y'all cowboys? That's so weird,' the Atlanta, Georgia native said.  Eddy Overgold (pictured) from the United States and living in Melbourne hosts the Waving the Red Flag weekly podcast  'They got all different types of words and there's a few that I'm like: 'OK this is better' but most of them I'm like this is dumb.'  Mr Overgold observed Australians occasionally leave out 'the' when talking about going to a hospital.  'Like you don't go to the hospital you go...
            by Dale L. Wilcox  If you agreed with President Trump’s “Make America Great Again” approach to governance, then brace yourself, as all of it could soon be subject to dismantling if Joe Biden is successful in his bid for the presidency. The changes will be of both the macro and micro variety. Some that appear minor are actually very significant. One such example is the war on language, specifically the term “illegal alien.” “Illegal alien” has been targeted for elimination by the anti-borders Left for several years now, and that effort will kick into high gear in a Biden presidency. One of their favorite lines of attack is the mantra “no human being is illegal,” as if identifying a person’s legal status is equivalent to dehumanizing the person. There has also been much effort to classify the term as a racial slur. This is Political Correctness 101  intended...
              It is the policy of The Star News Network that we will publish no stories about calls for martial law in the United States made by public figures or private individuals at any of our online news websites, which currently consist of The Tennessee Star, The Ohio Star, The Michigan Star, The Minnesota Sun, The Georgia Star News, and The Virginia Star. At the federal level, the imposition of martial law is exceedingly rare. It conjures an image of soldiers in the streets, arresting citizens at will. But as The Military Times noted in October, martial law has no specific definition, though it can be defined as a period of time when “certain civil liberties may be suspended, such as the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures, freedom of association, and freedom of movement.” The news outlet cited JRANK, an online legal library as...
    Mother Jones Illustration; Eleven Photographs/ Unsplash Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.As coronavirus infection rates are rising and the death toll is climbing to horrific heights every day, millions of people are facing eviction, hunger, poverty, and illness. Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) seems completely unbothered by the widespread misery engulfing the country. After agreeing to a COVID relief package in March at the beginning of the public health crisis, which included $1,200 stimulus checks for more than 127 million people, and $600 a week unemployment insurance for the people out of work, nine months into the pandemic, the Republican senator from Kentucky spent months resisting passing any more aid. A few points of contention existed with several items in the various bills—one gnarly issue was that the Dems wanted funds to...
    President-Elect Joe Biden delivers remarks before the holiday at The Queen in Wilmington, Delaware on December 22, 2020.Alex Edelman | AFP | Getty Images President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday urged Americans to remain "vigilant" over the holidays, adding that Pfizer's and Moderna's coronavirus vaccines likely won't stop the deaths of "tens of thousands" people due to the pandemic in the months to come. The United States is currently averaging close to 3,000 Covid-19 deaths per day, Biden said during his remarks in Wilmington, Delaware on Tuesday afternoon. The vaccines, which are currently in short supply in the U.S., "won't be able to stop that," he added. "Taking the vaccine from a vial into the arm of millions of Americans is one of the biggest operational challenges the United States has ever faced," he said, adding it's going to take "many more months" to vaccinate some 320 million Americans. "In the...
    The new, highly-contagious strain of COVID-19 that has come out of the United Kingdom recently shouldn’t be a cause of major new concern, according to multiple experts monitoring the situation. .  World Health Organization officials say they have no evidence that the new strain of the coronavirus causes more severe symptoms or is more deadly than what has already been seen, according to Reuters. “It’s very important to tell the public the way it is, but it’s also important to get across that this is a normal part of virus evolution,” emergencies chief for the WHO Mike Ryan reportedly said.  Testing chief for the White House coronavirus task force Admiral Brett Giroir echoed a similar stance, telling CNN that Americans have “every reason to believe that the vaccine will be effective” against all strains of the virus, the Washington Examiner reports. Giroir said he wasn’t trying to downplay the new...
    Republican Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw said Monday that American policy makers need to keep a watchful eye on China because “they are all about lying to the world” about their role in unleashing the coronavirus. “Let’s also not forget that they stopped domestic travel within China to curb the spread of the virus but they wouldn’t stop international travel,” Crenshaw told “Fox & Friends.” “They are all about lying to the world.” China attempted to cover up the initial outbreak of the coronavirus and sought assistance from the World Health Organization to do so. (RELATED: Coronavirus ‘Could Have Been Prevented’ If Not For China’s Coronavirus Cover-Up, House GOP Report Finds) “One of my favorite lies from the Chinese is that a bunch of U.S. Army soldiers were spreading the virus in a Wuhan wet market as if it’s our guys that like to go eat that soup in Wuhan,”...
    France24 Cyber ​​attack on the United States: Trump underestimates the role of infiltration and Russia US President Donald Trump on Saturday underestimated the massive cyber attack targeting US computer networks and Russia’s role in a series of tweets. However, the skepticism of American IT professionals is compounded by Teja Woo’s windfall in Moscow. When US President Donald Trump cleared Moscow on Saturday, December 19, he downplayed the intent of cyber-attacks on U.S. computers. Mike Pompeo, the former head of the CIA and his own foreign secretary, had pointed the finger at Russia for this cyber attack, which could actually be triggered by a widespread spying operation. “Cyber-attacks are more important in the United States. Fake news media than reality,” Donald Trump tweeted. “Everything is under control. Russia, Russia, Russia, is the priority slogan when it happens, “he said.” It could be China (it could be!) “The president, who has yet...
    While an earlier story reported a “rancorous” meeting in which Donald Trump expressed interest in making Sidney Power a special counsel to investigate election fraud—in spite of Powell losing every case in local, state, and federal court—that turns out to be the less dangerous issue discussed at the meeting. As more details have emerged, the fact that Trump tried to put the attorney whose filings have been labeled “fantastical conspiracy theories" from the "fact-free outer reaches of the Internet” in charge investigating America’s core institution turns out to be a sideshow to the real subject of the day. As CNN reports, both Powell and her client Michael Flynn were present at the meeting. And the subject of the most heated discussion came from Flynn insisting that Trump move forward with the suggestion the just-pardoned criminal made publicly last week—that Trump should invoke martial law, overturn the election, and force a revote of selected states under...
    In: D.T. Published: December 20, 2020 at 08.01 Photo: Susan Walsh / AB / DT Senate Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is positive. Picture from Capitol in Washington DC this week. After a night of compromise, the US Congress seems to be approaching an agreement to succeed in dictating a state budget for the coming year. According to Democrats, the parties are now very close to each other when it comes to the final agreement on the largest viral support package that has contributed to the difficulties in the negotiations. “If we continue on this path and nothing comes, we can vote tomorrow,” Senate Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters in the U.S. House of Representatives late Saturday. During the epidemics, millions of Americans lost their jobs. The $ 900 billion support package includes 600 checks (equivalent to $ 5,000) for individuals and an additional $ 300 per week...
    Cryptographer/Shutterstock Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.The Food and Drug Administration authorized a second coronavirus vaccine made by Moderna on Friday, clearing the way for about 5.9 million more doses to become available in the United States to front-line health care workers. Pfizer, the company behind the first vaccine to be approved, says it shipped 2.9 million doses this past week.  Dr. Anthony Fauci told the New York Times, “never before has anybody even imagined you would get vaccines to people in less than a year from the time that the sequence was made known.”  That’s the good news. But the United States passed several new milestones this week. Pandemic fatigue, mask-denial, and the holidays have helped fuel the skyrocketing rates of new cases. The numbers vary slightly because of different...
    Ghislaine Maxwell was 'in the process of divorcing' her husband Scott Borgerson at the time she was arrested, court documents reveal.  According to the documents released Friday, Maxwell claimed her marriage to Borgerson would keep her in the United States and lessen her status as a flight risk if she were released on bail.  But the new documents reveal that they were actually divorcing, which 'undermine her assertion that her marriage is a tie that would keep her in the United States'. 'The fact that the defendant's spouse has only now come forward to support the defendant should be afforded little weight given that he refused to come forward at the time of her arrest,' the documents state.  This comes after it was revealed Borgerson was reportedly 'devastated' Maxwell was behind bars and will put up $25m as a security for his wife which will be forfeited if she flees...
    Fox News contributor Trey Gowdy rejected President-elect Joe Biden’s notion that accusations surrounding his son’s business dealings overseas constitute "foul play." "If immediate reports are correct, you've got more than one investigation into Biden family members," Gowdy told "Outnumbered Overtime". "So, I don’t think the grand jury is foul play, the United States Attorney’s office is not foul play." Gowdy added that the investigations stem from "probable cause."  "Now, you're welcome to pick on Republican politicians, but you've got two criminal investigations. That ain’t foul play, that’s called probable cause, Joe, that ain’t foul play." JOE BIDEN CLAIMS ‘FOUL PLAY’ WHILE DEFENDING SON HUNTER BUT SAYS HE’S ‘NOT CONCERNED’ During an interview with CBS "Late Show" host Stephen Colbert that aired Thursday night, Biden expressed "confidence" in his son. In raising the subject of Hunter Biden, Colbert told the president-elect that "the people who want to make hay in Washington are going to try to...
    Thursday, during an interview that aired on FM Talk 106.5 in Mobile, AL, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) laid out his plan to challenge the results of the 2020 election when Congress convenes on January 6 to certify Joe Biden as the next President of the United States. Brooks explained he needed a member of the U.S. Senate to back him and said he would provide members of the U.S. House of Representatives to serve as objectors to states in question. The Alabama congressman said it was up to Congress, not the courts, to determine the November 3 election’s legitimacy. Brooks declared a level of fraud and theft never experienced before in the history of the country. Partial transcript as follows: BROOKS: By way of background and contrary to what a lot of people think, the courts are not designed to resolve an election dispute for President, Senate, or the House of...
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    VIDEO8:1308:13A pet SPAC, the great chip shortage and movie mayhemThe Exchange Check out the companies making headlines in after hours trading. FedEx — Shares of the shipper slid more than 3% in after hours trading despite FedEx beating top and bottom line estimates during the second quarter. For the period the company earned $4.83 excluding items, on $20.56 billion in revenue. Analysts surveyed by Refinitiv expected $4.01 per share in earnings and $19.46 billion in revenue. The company did not provide an earnings forecast for fiscal 2021. FedEx did, however, say that it expects "earnings growth in the second half of fiscal 2021." Steelcase — Shares of the furniture maker slid more than 5% after the company said orders declined 39% year over year during the third quarter. Steelcase said it earned 8 cents per share during the period on an adjusted basis, which was ahead of estimates for 3...
    On Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 07:57 AM. Issued by Sudinfo with AFP A health worker living in Alaska suffered a severe allergic reaction after being injected with the Pfizer-Bioendec’s Govit-19 vaccine and was admitted to hospital, The New York Times reported Wednesday. This health worker was not identified, had no history of allergies, was in a stable condition Wednesday morning, daily added. Pfizer has promised to work in collaboration with local health officials in this case. On December 9, British health officials warned against giving the Pfizer-Bioendech vaccine to people who had had “significant allergic reactions” in the past. “We will keep a close eye on all information that may indicate a severe allergic reaction and update the package leaflet if necessary,” a vaccine spokesman said. U.S. health officials are likely to cause an allergic reaction to any of the components...
    By David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada will for the first time send an astronaut to circle the moon on a U.S. mission planned for 2023, Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains said on Wednesday, announcing a formal deal with Washington. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence last week unveiled an 18-strong pool of people who could go to the moon under NASA's Artemis program, which Canada is now a part of. Artemis is designed to send several missions to the Moon. The Canadian astronaut - who has yet to be named - will take part in the second trip, which is scheduled to fly around the moon on a 10-day journey in 2023. "All eyes will look to the sky as one of our astronauts becomes the first Canadian to travel around the moon," Bains told a news conference. Canada and the United States have a long history of cooperation in space....
    The U.S. national flag, left, flies from a pole beside a European Union (EU) flag outside the European Commission building in Brussels, Belgium.Jasper Juinen | Bloomberg | Getty Images American and European policymakers are saying all the right things about a new approach to transatlantic trade.  The last few years have been marked by bilateral tensions that have handicapped efforts to work together on key issues like China or WTO reform, and Joe Biden's election has convinced many that the time for a productive joint agenda is finally here. This has led to numerous pronouncements about a new era of cooperation and "changing the world."     But talk is cheap.  Establishing the trust needed for a truly productive working relationship will require both sides to abandon unilateralist measures and tendencies. On the U.S. side, this includes a revocation of the steel and aluminum tariffs imposed on the EU and a rethink of...
    The O.C. cast: Where are they now? 20 small-cap stocks loved by analysts for 2021 Arnold Palmer Cup: Meet the United States, International teams The teams have been formed for the 2020 Arnold Palmer Cup. Now it’s time to play. © Provided by Golfweek On Tuesday, USC senior Alyaa Abdulghany was announced as the latest player to compete in the annual Ryder Cup-style competition featuring the world’s best men’s and women’s collegiate golfers. Abdulghany, the first Malaysian-born player to compete in the Arnold Palmer Cup, will join fellow Trojan Gabriela Ruffels on the International Team against a team of players from the United States Dec. 21-23 at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando. “I’m very excited,” said Abdulghany of being announced as a member of the International team. “Since I got the news a little more then a week ago, all I’ve thought about is the Arnold...
    Q: Presidential pardons are not so unusual, but what does it really mean? You’re innocent, charges are dropped? -B.W., Woodland Hills Ron Sokol  A: In 1915, the United States Supreme Court stated in the case of US v. Burdick that a pardon carries an imputation of guilt, and acceptance of the pardon carries a confession. It would not be accurate therefore to describe a pardon as a complete exoneration or a proclamation of innocence. A pardon is simply the act of the United States president setting aside the punishment for a federal crime. Its authority is found in Article II, Section 2, Clause 1 of the United States Constitution. Q: Can Trump pardon his family? Can he also pardon himself? -T.K., Pasadena A: The Constitution does not preclude pardons that may look bad (in other words, have the appearance of self-interest or even a conflict of interest). In 1993, then-President...
    Monday during an appearance on FBN’s “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) vowed not to go down without a fight despite states having certified Electoral College results earlier in the day, which paved the way for Joe Biden to become the President-elect. Brooks told host Lou Dobbs about his effort to challenge the Electoral College, which has happened as recently as 2017 after Donald Trump won the presidential election. “Well, it’s happened many times in the past,” Brooks said. “Apparently, some folks have not done their history. By way of example, the Democrats in the House tried it in 2017 when they tried to strike Alabama’s votes for Donald Trump. Georgia, the same way, the House Democrats tried to strike it. Barbara Boxer tried to strike Ohio for George Bush back in 2005, so this is not unusual. The law is very clear, the House of Representatives in combination...
    Reuters December 14, 2020 0 Comments An intensive care unit nurse became the first person in the United States to receive the newly authorized Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, calling it a sign that “healing is coming” as the U.S. coronavirus death toll approaches 300,000. Sandra Lindsay, who has treated some of the sickest COVID-19 patients for months, was given the vaccine at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in the New York City borough of Queens, an early epicenter of the country’s COVID-19 outbreak, receiving applause on a livestream with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. “It didn’t feel any different from taking any other vaccine,” Lindsay said. “I feel hopeful today, relieved. I feel like healing is coming. I hope this marks the beginning of the end of a very painful time in our history. I want to instill public confidence that the vaccine is safe.” Cuomo tweeted a...
    Electors from each state will meet on Monday to cast their votes for the next President of the United States as part of the process enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. Law requires electors — which are typically selected earlier in the year and often comprised of party dignitaries — to meet on the Monday after the second Wednesday in December to formally cast their votes for the next President of the United States. That Monday fell on December 14 this election cycle. The 538 electors will gather in their designated places, typically set by state law, to cast their ballots by hand, voting for both a president and vice president. The candidate who reaches 270 wins the election. Article II, Section 1, Clause 2 reads: Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives...
    There are few things better in life than waking up to see a tweet from the President of the United States of America. I woke up this morning at 4:37 a.m. EST to start another great week of work and internet empire building. We had a strong weekend, and it was time to keep the momentum rolling. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) However, I was taken by surprise when I noticed my phone had way more text notifications than usual. Generally speaking, I have one or two texts when I wake up. I keep the inner circle tight, and that keeps messages limited. Then I realized what had happend. President Donald Trump tweeted out a video from the Army/Navy game I shared this past Saturday. A great honor! https://t.co/n6IyFtcXIQ — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 14, 2020 I seriously have no idea...
    HARRISBURG (KDKA) — It’s Decision Day for the 2020 Election. After a record-setting Election Day, today, state electors will gather to fulfill their U.S. Constitutional duty. This process will seal the deal, confirming Joe Biden as the 46th President-elect of the United States and Senator Kamala Harris as Vice President-elect. Electors from the nation’s fifty states and District of Columbia will gather to cast their ballots. 20 electors will do that here in Pennsylvania. The ceremony will take place in Harrisburg at the Capitol Complex. The electors’ ballots are then sent to Congress, where they will be read into the official record by Vice President Mike Pence during a joint session on January 6. The number of electoral votes to win an election is 270. The ballots cast today will confirm that President-elect Biden surpassed that number needed. In some states, electors will be escorted by police for their protection...
    I know a lot about refugees. I am a social worker, professor and researcher at San Jose State University. For over a decade, I have worked with refugees, bearing witness to the courageous journey of individuals and families as they learn to move on from war, torture and trauma. Their stories inspire my research on whether we can develop culturally-effective health and behavioral health services. In doing this research and looking closely at how different countries manage the needs of refugees and forced migrants, it became clear to me that “but for the grace of God go I.” In California, Oregon, and Washington this summer, cities filled with smoke from the climate fires, fires made more destructive from years of drought. The day skies were dark, sometimes yellow, and for a few days deep orange. Our air was so toxic that we were told to close our windows and not...
    Fresh off his presidential pardon, former national security advisor Michael Flynn on Saturday joined throngs of Donald Trump supporters in Washington, D.C. for a series of so-called “Stop the Steal” rallies to protest of the official results of the 2020 election. One day after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a Trump-backed lawsuit challenging Joe Biden’s victory, Gen. Flynn led a swath of MAGA-clad rally-goers in prayer before declaring that he was certain Trump would remain in office for a second term. Flynn started his speech with a plug for Mike Lindell and his MyPillow products. The retired general then said, “we’re in a crucible moment in the history of the United States of America.” “The courts do not decide who the next president of the United States will be,” Flynn said, despite the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday essentially ending Trump’s chances of overturning the election results. “I will...
    (CNN)The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has voted to recommend the Pfizer and BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for people age 16 and older, moving the United States one step closer to vaccination of millions of people.Eleven members of the committee voted in favor and three recused. Vaccines cannot be administered until CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield accepts the committee's recommendation, which is expected to take place within hours.The US Food and Drug Administration on Friday authorized Pfizer and BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine for emergency use in the United States.
    One of the U.S. Attorneys in the state of Georgia has resigned. Charlie Peeler, the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, resigned as U.S. Attorney effective 11:59 p.m., December 11, 2020. Following his resignation, he plans on reentering private practice with a law firm in Atlanta, Georgia. U.S. Attorney Peeler, a graduate of the University of Georgia and the University of Georgia School of Law, has served as the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia since 2017. During his tenure, U.S. Attorney Peeler implemented an effective and sustainable strategy to combat violent crime in all five divisions in the Middle District of Georgia. He also created a Complex Fraud Unit in the Office to detect, investigate and eliminate fraud by maximizing parallel civil and criminal divisions’ resources. During his three-years as U.S. Attorney, the Office grew...
    The Chinese state newspaper Global Times declared Thursday that America was “among the top” nations that experienced a significant decline in human rights in 2020, claiming that the federal government had not done enough to contain the Chinese coronavirus. The Chinese Communist Party regularly accuses the United States of violating the human rights of its citizens, typically claiming that America is a racist nation, does not act sufficiently against poverty, or engages too frequently in foreign warmongering. Last week, the Global Times declared the United States a “living Hell” because of the pandemic. The Chinese coronavirus pandemic originated in Wuhan, China. The Communist Party actively suppressed information related to the discovery of the novel disease in the early days of the outbreak, including using police to intimidate and silence doctors sharing basic infectious disease protocol. “If there is a list of countries with severely deteriorating human rights situations this year, the...
    A TEXAS lawmaker is planning to introduce a referendum on the state seceding from the US - and becoming an independent nation. In a statement tweeted Tuesday, Representative Kyle Biedermann said the federal government “is out of control and does not represent the values of Texans.” 3Groups such as the Texas Nationalist Movement have long supported efforts for the state to secede from the unionCredit: Getty Images - Getty 3Texas rep Kyle Biedermann said the federal government is "out of control" 3Rush Limbargh recently compared the recent polarization of the nation to the American Civil WarCredit: Getty Images - Getty “That is why I am committing to file legislation this session that will allow a referendum to give Texans a vote for the State of Texas to reassert its status as an independent nation,” he added. It comes after Rush Limbaugh warned Wednesday that the US is headed "toward secession"...
    DONALD Trump compared the FDA to an "old, slow turtle" as he called on the agency to "get the dam [sic] vaccines out NOW." The president on Friday urged the regulator headed by Commissioner Stephen Hahn to get a move on after both the UK, Bahrain, and Canada got approval for the jab before the United States. 3Donald Trump said the FDA were like a slow-moving 'turtle' 3He hit out at FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn on Twitter 3The United States hasn't got vaccine approval from the agency yetCredit: Reuters "While my pushing the money drenched but heavily bureaucratic @US_FDA saved five years in the approval of NUMEROUS great new vaccines, it is still a big, old, slow turtle," he raged this morning. "Get the dam [sic] vaccines out NOW, Dr. Hahn @SteveFDA. Stop playing games and start saving lives!!!" The Twitter statement came just hours after a federal...
    President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday ordering all federal aid be labeled so that recipients know American taxpayers are the ones responsible for funding. “To foster goodwill between the recipients of United States foreign assistance and the American people, and to encourage the governments of nations that are receiving foreign assistance to support the United States, it is essential that recipients of United States foreign assistance be aware of the manifold efforts of American taxpayers to aid them and improve their lives,” the White House said in a statement. “To further this awareness and to ensure United States foreign assistance supports the foreign policy objectives of the United States and maintains American influence and leadership, such assistance must appropriately and conspicuously be identified as American aid,” the statement continued. (RELATED: REPORT: Trump Considers Linking Foreign Aid To Religious Freedom) Trump directed 22 federal agencies that distribute federal aid...
    Surveys have shown most Americans care about animal welfare, whether it’s their pets, animals in captivity for entertainment or testing purposes, or even farm animals. Yet animals are abused in all these settings. Governmental bodies can help by enacting stringent animal welfare laws to help stop the abuse. While most animal protection laws are enacted and enforced at the state and local level, there are some significant federal laws that help prevent animal abuse in various contexts. Here are landmark federal laws that have been passed to protect animals. 1. The Animal Welfare Act The Animal Welfare Act (AWA) was signed into law in 1966 and is the primary federal animal protection law. The AWA covers animal carriers, handlers, dealers, breeders, and exhibitors in places like zoos, research laboratories, and puppy mills. After years of lobbying from animal welfare organizations, the law finally set minimum standards of care that...
    After many years of sleep, the sunlight erupting from the sun towards the earth triggers a rare scene for areas farther south than normal in the northern lights and becomes the latest sign that the sun is “awake”. Sunlight erupting from the Sun on Monday created a coronal mass emission (CME) of plasma from the Sun’s atmosphere, which will remain in contact with the Earth’s atmosphere until Thursday. As a result, NOAA’s Space Weather Forecast Center expects G-3 intensity (strong) to peak at G-1 (Minor) to G-5 from Wednesday night to Thursday morning. (Serious). Aqueduct senior meteorologist and astronomer David Samuel explained that a solar storm, also known as a geomagnetic storm, occurs when solar particles interact with the Earth’s atmosphere to form auroras. The strength of these storms can be seen in the stunning lights in any area. When these waves of charged particles reach Earth, the planet’s magnetic...
    By David Lague and Michael Martina TAIPEI (Reuters) - Under President Donald Trump, the United States has significantly boosted military aid to Taiwan and increased engagement with the island. With Joe Biden having beaten Trump in last month's presidential election, the Taiwanese are anxiously waiting to see if the new administration will follow Trump's lead. A senior Pentagon official, David Helvey, said in an October speech that the United States is encouraging Taipei to buy as many coastal defense cruise missiles as possible, along with mines, mobile artillery and advanced surveillance equipment. He said this would give Taiwan the best chance to prevail in "the one fight they can't afford to lose." More of these weapons are in the pipeline. In October, the Trump administration approved Taipei's request to buy 400 Harpoon anti-ship missiles and associated launchers, transporters and radar systems that will boost the island's defenses against naval and...
    By pretty much every metric, the coronavirus pandemic has been getting worse and is expected to continue that trend into the winter, even with vaccines on the horizon. And on Wednesday, the United States hit yet another grim milestone — over 3000 coronavirus deaths in a single day. Per the COVID Tracking Project, 3,054 people died of covid just today. Total new daily cases are once again above 200,000, and hospitalizations are over 100,000. Our daily update is published. States reported 1.8 million tests, 210k cases, and a record 106,688 COVID-19 patients in US hospitals. There were 3,054 reported deaths today — the highest single-day total to date. pic.twitter.com/LcgzPJZdO6 — The COVID Tracking Project (@COVID19Tracking) December 10, 2020 The total seven-day average for covid deaths is at an all-time high and all these metrics are surging all over the country. The 7-day average for COVID-19 deaths are...
    Government officials in a Mexican border city say Texans are traveling with bogus pharmacy prescriptions and doctor appointment notices as part of an attempt to bypass the land border travel ban due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to newspaper El Universal, at least eight Mexican residents and American citizens have been busted by border agents in Reynosa, Tamaulipas for lying about their visits from the US.  The Tamaulipas state government imposed tough restrictions for motorists driving over from Hidalgo County, Texas, which as of Tuesday had reported 46,449 confirmed cases and 2,110 deaths.  The virus has been responsible for 23,408 deaths and 1,352,193 cases Texas. Officials in Tamaulipas have detected 32,025 positive cases and 3,083 deaths. The United States tops the world with 15,337,091 confirmed coronavirus cases and 288,022 deaths. Mexico has recorded 110,874 deaths and 1.1 million positive cases. A Tamaulipas, Mexico health department worker inspects a visitor from the...
    Fox News host Tucker Carlson shared a video Monday that apparently shows a Communist Chinese official brag about having accommodating friends at the highest levels of America’s “core inner circle.” “This is as close to a smoking gun as we’ve ever seen,” Carlson said on the opening segment of  “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” “I’m going to throw out something maybe a little bit explosive here. It’s just because we have people at the top. We have our old friends who are at the top of America’s core inner circle of power and influence,” says Di Dongsheng, vice dean of the School of International Relations at Renmin University, delivering a lecture to an unidentified crowed on Nov. 28, according to the New York Post. (RELATED: Report: Alleged Chinese Spy Raised Money For Eric Swalwell, Put Intern In His Office) In the video Di suggests that Chinese objectives met a huge stumbling block...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Even as the first coronavirus vaccine was administered in England, the wait continues in this country. Volunteers in Pittsburgh and beyond rolled up their sleeves to help test the vaccines and get them through the trial periods and yet in this country, the Food and Drug Administration has not yet approved them for use. Pfizer and its partner BioNTech applied for its Emergency Use Authorization on November 20th but the FDA will not hear its case until this Thursday. Moderna’s hear will come a week later. CBS News Medical Expert Dr. David Agus from the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California says the FDA will be reviewing a vaccine that hasn’t changed since the spring. “So I think all of us know from seeing the data that have been reported today that the vaccines will be approved so every day...
    A former Israeli general is claiming that both the United States and Israel have been in contact with aliens for years. Haim Eshed, who served as the head of the Israeli space security program for 30 years and is currently a professor, made the comments in an interview with the Tel Aviv-based newspaper Yediot Aharonot. Parts of the interview has since been translated and reprinted in outlets such as The Jerusalem Post. In the discussion, Eshed claimed that communication between extraterrestrial creatures started when aliens reached out to converse with Earth-based scientists about understanding the “fabric of the universe.” The 87-year-old added that the aliens have even created their own “Galactic Federation.” In addition, the retired general said that aliens are not only communicating with human scientists, but working with them. He claimed that the Galactic Federation and the U.S. have even built an underground base on Mars where representatives...
    China might be the thorniest foreign policy problem facing President-elect Joe Biden, pictured shaking hands with President Xi Jinping in 2013. (Lintao Zhang / Associated Press) When Joe Biden left the vice president’s office four years ago, the United States was a champion of the Paris climate accord, the architect of the multinational Iran nuclear deal and the leader of a 12-nation free-trade pact in the Pacific Rim region intended to limit China’s growing influence. None of those things is true anymore as he prepares to be inaugurated as commander in chief next month. Even as he will be preoccupied by the deadly coronavirus crisis at home, Biden faces a daunting array of global challenges, frayed alliances and emboldened adversaries. And he must confront these issues even as the country he’s set to lead has increasingly become skeptical of interventionism and a robust leadership role internationally — especially after...
    Olivier Douliery/AFP/Getty Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.More than three years ago, President Donald Trump announced that he would “lift restrictions and expand authorities” for United States troops in Afghanistan—giving the military a freer hand to order airstrikes. Now the cost of that lax approach is becoming clear.  Since 2017, the United States, its international allies, and the Afghan government have killed an average of 1,134 civilians per year, a nearly 95 percent increase from the average between 2007 and 2016, according to report released Monday from Brown University and Boston University’s Costs of War Project. The bulk of that increase has come from an aggressive escalation of the Defense Department’s air war and a greater handoff of responsibilities to the Afghan Air Force.  Even as US airstrikes briefly declined earlier this...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The outbreak of COVID-19 in Indiana now ranks as one of the worst in the country. This comes after the state reported another 5.700 cases on 42 deaths on Monday. The Hoosier state is second-worst in terms of cases per 100,000 residents in the past seven days, trailing only Rhode Island, according to data compiled by the New York Times. In terms of overall numbers, not factoring for population, the 6,910 daily case average, places Indiana No. 9 in the United States. The state also ranks No. 8 in terms of daily average deaths from COVID-19. Like many other states, Indiana had a decline in cases over the long Thanksgiving holiday, but deaths and infections are rising once again. (Credit: New York Times) According the the COVID Tracking Project, key COVID metrics are at, or near, record levels statewide.   While the state does have a mandatory...
    Suvda Khereid of Sunset Park is a Mongolian singer who has performed in Japan, China and across the United States. She is featured in the Center for Traditional Music and Dance’s Beat of the Boroughs: NYC Online series, which is showcasing the artistry of 54 of the city’s leading immigrant performers and diverse cultural traditions from around the world. Your musical journey – when did it start and how? I was born in Shilingol, Southern Mongolia, also known as Inner Mongolia, a place with Mongolian nomadic culture, migration lifestyle, and folk music traditions. Since elementary school, I have participated in many schools and public theater performances. I have begun studying vocal performance with a professional teacher in a musical college in Southern Mongolia and continued to practice singing in Japan while studying at Tohoku University. I have performed extensively in China, Japan, and the United States.
    Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) said Sunday ABC’s “This Week” that Joe Biden is going to be sworn in as the next president of the United States on January 20. Durbin was reacting to the previous interview with Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN). Braun said, “All I can tell you is if you don’t at least give a perfunctory kind of investigation into it, whether it’s Dec. 14 and what happens beyond, you’re going to have a good part of the country — it’s over 50% — that view that something is amiss. And that’s going to carry forward in terms of undermining a democracy.” Stephanopoulos said, “Senator Braun is not alone among your Republican colleagues in the Senate. They refuse to accept the results of this election. What do you make of it?” Durbin replied, “I have very strong feelings about that. I’m going to say the following. Joe Biden is going to be...
    (CNN)It has been almost one year since a new coronavirus named SARS-CoV-2 made its presence known to us. What started off as a small cluster of unusual pneumonia cases that cropped up in Wuhan, China, soon rippled out from there, causing infections around the globe. By March, Covid-19 had been declared a pandemic and essentially shut down many sectors of society in most countries. During that time, I've written several essays, including two on how I would treat the United States if it were my patient. Since finishing medical school more than 25 years ago, it is often how I look at the world. And now, while this country is paradoxically at the brink of both the very best- and the very worst-case scenarios, it may be time to check in again. I say the very best-case scenario because we are so close to doing what, pre-pandemic, would have seemed...
    New York artist spends $65,000 buying art to support fellow artists struggling because of the pandemic The US and China are breaking up. The only question now is how ugly it will get. Heres Why Mr. Wonderful is Very Concerned About Retirement Savings in the United States Kevin O'Leary, best known as Mr. Wonderful on NBC's Shark Tank, is very concerned about the state of retirement savings and financial literacy in the United States. © Provided by The Motley Fool Here's Why Mr. Wonderful is Very Concerned About Retirement Savings in the United States O'Leary, who recently co-founded automated investing app Beanstox, recently sat down with me (virtually, of course) to share his concerns about younger Americans' financial predicament and how he intends to be part of the solution. © Getty Images Group of Millennials in a city. We have a major financial problem in the United States O'Leary's...
    Massive NYC fire destroys 19th-century church Coronavirus updates: Fauci expects drastic restrictions in some areas; model projects more than 500,000 US deaths by April 39 Gifts That Are Selling Like Hotcakes During The Holidays Ad Microsoft Top credit card wipes out interest until 2022 (seriously) Ad Microsoft The 23 Hottest Gifts of 2020 Ad Microsoft ...
    Whatever happened in the 2020 election, the first draft of history should be clear: President Donald Trump proved that American decline can be resisted and reversed. He showed that our nation can be stronger than the forces arrayed against it — foreign or domestic, economic or cultural.  Speaking in 2016 of Trump’s economic promises, President Barack Obama asked, “How exactly are you going to negotiate [a better deal]? What magic wand do you have? And usually the answer is, he doesn’t have an answer.” Once in office, Trump responded to Obama with action. Unbeholden to the same corporate and establishment interests as other politicians, he confronted the globalist status quo, aggressively altering America’s trade posture. Gone was the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which promised to leave American manufacturing more exposed than ever to cheaper, overseas labor markets. Gone was NAFTA, replaced by Trump’s USMCA — a deal that provides, among other...
    Bradley Fighting Vehicle kicks up plumes of dust as it leaves Forward Operating Base MacKenzie in Iraq for a mission in October 2004. Night Owls, a themed open thread, appears at Daily Kos seven days a week Daniel Immerwahr at The Nation writes—Fort Everywhere. How did the United States become entangled in a cycle of endless war? Shortly after the Covid-19 pandemic struck the United States, a reporter asked Donald Trump if he now considered himself a wartime president. “I do. I actually do,” he replied. Swelling with purpose, he opened a press briefing by talking about it. “In a true sense, we’re at war,” he said. Yet the press and pundits rolled their eyes. “Wartime president?” scoffed The New York Times. “It’s far from clear if many voters will accept the idea of him as a wartime leader.” His “attempt to adopt the military mien raised more than a few...
    Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.In the late 1990s, conservatives and Republicans were fond of shouting “where’s the outrage?” in response to Bill Clinton’s sex scandal. They couldn’t believe Clinton was getting away with it, as he preserved his high standing in public opinion polls and escaped removal from office. William Bennett, the rightwing moralist who had been education secretary in the Reagan administration, even wrote a book titled The Death of Outrage, in which he proclaimed this sordid episode cast a dark shadow on the entire nation: “This is moral bankruptcy, and it is damaging our country, its standards, and our self-respect.” All the harrumphing was about an improper Oval Office tryst that did indeed tarnish the highest position in the land. But that fin-de-siècle chest-banging seems rather quaint and...
    BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Friday it firmly opposes the United States' wanton oppression of its companies and asked America to stop abusing the concept of national security, after the Trump administration added China's SMIC and CNOOC to a defense blacklist. It will severely harm the U.S. interest and image, foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a regular briefing. The United States on Thursday added China's top chipmaker, SMIC, and oil giant CNOOC to a blacklist of alleged Chinese military companies, a move likely to escalate tensions with Beijing before President-elect Joe Biden takes office. (Reporting by Cate Cadell; Editing by Himani Sarkar) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters. Tags: tariffs, United States, Hong Kong, Asia, international trade, intellectual property
    The U.S Women’s National Soccer team has gained ground in their fight for equality against U.S Soccer Federation.  The U.S Women’s National Team (USWNT) has been fighting for equal pay and working conditions to their male counterparts. The fight has been going on for some time now, beginning in March of 2019, the USWNT was looking for equal conditions and amenities as well as equal pay. On Wednesday they won half that battle. The U.S Soccer Federation came to an agreement with the team to provide equal working conditions to the men’s U.S team. Unfortunately, the issue of equal pay is still unresolved. Equal working conditions can engulf many things. Some of the comparisons are things like hotel accommodations, chartered flights, and improved venues which were of much concern. Many of the USWNT games were being played on turf, which is very dangerous for the players. This new agreement will...
    Anthony Behar/AP Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.On Wednesday, the United States reported a record 2,804 deaths from the coronavirus, the single-worst daily death toll from the pandemic yet. The number, which is expected to rapidly climb as winter deepens, surpasses the country’s previous peak of 2,607 deaths recorded on April 15 during the first wave of the pandemic, according to John Hopkins’ COVID tracker. It’s a devastating milestone. As CNN noted, the US is losing more people each day than other countries, including Japan, have lost throughout the entire pandemic. The single-day death toll easily exceeds the number of people killed in the Pearl Harbor assault, and is poised to soon surpass the nation’s death toll from the attacks of September 11, 2001.  Hospitalizations and infection rates across the US...
    Fearing that they will not be slow in the Christmas approach, registered high covid diseases and hospitalizations are calculated in the United States. The number of people in the emergency clinic unexpectedly exceeded 100,000, which has been increasing since the beginning of November. New cases rose to 195,695 on Wednesday, and the day-to-day death toll was close to another rise of 2,733. The city of Los Angeles has responded to the home there. Cross Country, Pollution 14 Million, 264,000 data from Govt Tracking Project. With about 1,000,000 new diseases being reported each week in November, the figures continue to linger. – Consecutive corresponds to 99. In light of the flood numbers, this is the coldest time of the year. In fact, December, January and February will be the countries of this country, ”said Robert Redfield, head of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). California, Texas and Florida –...
    On Monday, Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Mike Kelly wrote his favorite Supreme Court justice in an effort to get the entire election in his home state thrown out. And every single day of the week Sidney Powell hasn’t let a line of continuous defeats stop her from making ever more ridiculous claims.  But for some Donald Trump supporters, trying to find a court friendly enough to overrule millions of voters is just not coup-ing hard enough. Maybe it helps to have just been handed a pardon that absolves the bearer of all crimes past, present, and potentially future, because recently blessed, twice-confessed liar Michael Flynn is ready to throw out the voters, the legislatures, and the courts. Instead of the kind of political coup that Trump has been waging via Rudy Giuliani and his ever-changing legal team, Flynn is suggesting that other kind of coup. The one where the military takes over and installs...
    Navy Secretary Kenneth Braithwaite told the Senate Armed Services Committee this week that “Russia has re-militarized the Arctic,” and the U.S. is prepared to maintain “a tailored maritime presence” in response. "It should be an alarm to all of Americans, as an Arctic nation, that we should have a more formidable presence to ensure rule of law and freedom of the seas in that part of the world,” Braithwaite said during a hearing on Navy and Marine Corps readiness on Wednesday, according to the Washington Examiner. He added that the U.S. will response with “a tailored maritime presence” and “lethality,” if necessary. During the hearing, Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, the chair of the panel’s subcommittee on readiness and management support, accused Russia of having “accelerated its provocative encounters in the North Pacific,” by “harassing American fishing vessels in U.S. waters,” and “sending bombers towards Alaskas shores.” Braithwaite said that as...
    By Daniel Trotta (Reuters) - Britain leapt ahead of the United States in approving Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, intensifying scrutiny on U.S. regulators as they consider whether to grant emergency use in the country that leads the world in coronavirus infections. A day after top U.S. health officials announced plans to begin vaccinating Americans as early as mid-December, British regulators granted emergency use approval to the vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc along with Germany's BioNTech SE. Dr. Jose Romero, chairman of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, said U.S. officials will be watching closely to see what they can learn from the British experience with a vaccine that requires extreme refrigeration. "I'm personally interested to see how well they can deliver it and how their transport systems, the dry-ice trays that hold this vaccine, function in the real world," Romero told CNN. "Does...
    The president of the United States lost his re-election bid on Nov. 3. But you wouldn’t know it if you talked to most members of the Republican Party. While the president occupies his time retweeting an account called Cat turd and the craziest paranoid ratings of the “dumbest man on the internet,” Gateway Pundit’s Jim Hoft, the party that has been largely held hostage by Trump for the last four years continues to be… held hostage by Trump. While still in captivity, the Republicans have splintered into three main categories: the crazies, the quiets, and the hostages. The first group, the crazies, is the one that has flourished under Trump and Trumpism. They’re the people who would start firing squads if necessary. They are the Trump cheerleaders, the worst and ugliest of the Trumpian sycophants, the Matt Gaetzes, the Louie Gohmerts, the Lou Dobbses, the Maria Bartiromos. These people are...
    Savannah Rychcik December 1, 2020 0 Comments Dr. Anthony Fauci is predicting when the United States could have herd immunity to COVID-19. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), herd immunity is a “situation in which a sufficient proportion of a population is immune to an infectious disease (through vaccination and/or prior illness) to make its spread from person to person unlikely.” During a news conference with Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) Tuesday, Fauci said he believes vaccines will be available for the general population in April. “Once we get there, we can crush this outbreak, just the way we did with smallpox, with polio and with measles. So we can do it, we just need to hang together a bit longer,” Fauci said. He added, “Because, not only Colorado but so many states are at the brink of being overrun with regard...
    By Christina Maxouris | CNN Health officials projected the Covid-19 surge in the fall would be brutal. November alone proved those predictions true, with about a third of the nation’s total cases reported in just 30 days. Hospitalizations more than doubled since the beginning of November, and the United States saw more Covid-19 deaths last month than the pandemic’s combined death toll in Australia, Canada, China, Japan and Germany, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The grim numbers have unleashed devastation across the country: Trailers are turned into morgues and facilities are being converted to emergency hospitals to help respond to the surging number of patients. And across the United States, governors in at least half of all states announced statewide measures in hopes of slowing the spread of Covid-19. But the numbers will likely get much worse before a possible vaccine begins to offer some relief in the...
    (CNN)Health officials projected the Covid-19 surge in the fall would be brutal. November alone proved those predictions true, with about a third of the nation's total cases reported in just 30 days.Hospitalizations more than doubled since the beginning of November, and the United States saw more Covid-19 deaths last month than the pandemic's combined death toll in Australia, Canada, China, Japan and Germany, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The grim numbers have unleashed devastation across the country: Trailers are turned into morgues and facilities are being converted to emergency hospitals to help respond to the surging number of patients. And across the United States, governors in at least half of all states announced statewide measures in hopes of slowing the spread of Covid-19. But the numbers will likely get much worse before a possible vaccine begins to offer some relief in the spring. Experts say the daily death...
    Alberto Fernández and Joseph Biden dialogue to relaunch diplomatic relations between Argentina and the United States Alberto Fernández spoke with Joseph Biden to relaunch bilateral relations with the United States after the geopolitical distance he maintained with Donald Trump regarding the situation in Venezuela, the institutional crisis in Bolivia, the role of the Organization of American States (OAS) and the appointment of Mauricio Claver as head of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The conversation lasted 30 minutes when it was planned -by protocol- that it would only last 10 minutes per clock. “There was interest on both sides to know what each one of the region and the world thought,” a member of the national cabinet explained to .. Alberto Fernández was in Balcarce 50 and Biden in his presidential transition offices in the United States. The head of state assumes that he...
    (Reuters) - Canada will extend its restrictions for all travelers entering the country, except from the United States, until Jan. 21, the government said on Sunday, in a move to limit the spread of COVID-19. Restrictions for U.S. citizens and foreign nationals arriving from the United States will continue until Dec. 21 and may be extended at that time, Health Minister Patty Hajdu said in a statement http://newsfile.refinitiv.com/getnewsfile/v1/story?guid=urn:newsml:reuters.com:20201129:nCNWVRqK2a&default-theme=true. Canada said it is also amending its order and creating a framework for considering applications from sport organizations seeking to hold International Single Sport Events. (Reporting by Maria Ponnezhath in Bengaluru; Editing by Leslie Adler) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters. Tags: diseases, Canada, public health, United States, coronavirus
    Tamara Lush, Andhra November 29, 2020 | 11:30 p.m. The country’s top epidemiologist said Sunday that the United States could see an “increase” in the corona virus in the coming weeks, and he did not expect current recommendations surrounding social distance before Christmas to be relaxed. “When you have any intrusion that we have, it will not suddenly return like that,” Dr. Anthony Fucci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told ABC’s “This Week”. “Clearly in the next few weeks, we’m going to get the same thing. Maybe even two or three weeks down … we’ll see an upsurge on a rise.” Fucci also appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press”, where he made similar comments, saying people who return home after Thanksgiving wear masks to help prevent the spread of the virus by staying away and avoiding others. Large groups of people. “So we know...